Nothing’s Too Hard for God / Loss (7.1)
God Is with You
Have you ever used a GPS in your car on a long trip? At first it’s a little unnerving as the voice of
an unseen individual starts telling you what lane to merge into, where to turn, and how far you need
to go. But as you venture into unfamiliar territory, locked in traffic on an unknown road, that voice
soon becomes very comforting. You don’t have to worry about an unexpected road sign. No need to
fret over a sudden lane change. The voice of “one who knows” is guiding you.
The road of life is also filled with unknown surprises and difficult turns. And sometimes the
path leaves us feeling confused and distraught. There is perhaps no better example than when
we experience a painful loss. A loved one is taken unexpectedly. A relationship breaks, leaving
us alone and afraid. A promising career is derailed by a sudden layoff. In those times, it’s nice
to hear the voice of One who has promised to be with us every step of the way. Listen to the
promise the Lord gave Isaiah in 41:10...
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Fear is a natural reaction when loss suddenly visits us. These kinds of crises plunge us into
an ocean of uncertainty, turmoil, or grief. But we need not face these challenges alone. God
has assured us that when we seek Him, He will empower us with strength, stamina, and—best
of all—His presence.
Perhaps you’re facing a difficult time of loss today. If not, it’s likely you’ll experience such a
crisis in the future. That’s the nature of life. Whatever the case, you need not walk through that
valley alone. Seek out the support of fellow believers. And give your burden to the Lord. He has
promised to be your provider, your comfort, and your strength. Then rest in the promise that
wherever you go, God will be with you.
What is the most painful loss you’ve ever experienced? How did you cope with that
In what ways can knowing that God is near help you through a difficult loss?